In the annals of those who have stood up against governments – the nobles at Runnymede, the patriots at the Boston Tea Party, the People Power of the Phillipines – I would like to add the name of Aaron Titus.
The reason is becuase of this story from The Washington Post.
The highlights are as follows….
Titus is awakened at 4:30am by an automated phone call from the Prince George’s County (Maryland) public school system alerting him that his children’s school will be opening two hours late. Titus was not amused as he had checked the Web and knew there would be a delay.
As a father of three school kids myself, I can certainly feel his frustration at having being awakened at such a pre-sunrise hour.
What Titus did next should inspire the patriot in all of us. According to the story…
He found a robocall company online, taped a message and listed every phone number he could find for nine school board members (sparing the student member), [the] Superintendent…and General Counsel…
At 4:30 a.m. Thursday, phones began ringing with 29 seconds of automated, mocking objection:
“This is a Prince George’s County School District parent, calling to thank you for the robocall yesterday at 4:30 in the morning. I decided to return the favor. While I know the school district wanted to ensure I drop my child off two hours late on a snow day, I already knew that before I went to bed. I hope this call demonstrates why a 4:30 a.m. call does more to annoy than to inform.”
Truly, this is more inspiring about how one person can make his will known among his elected leaders than any astroturf-roots political movement could hope to acheive.
HATS OFF TO YOU AARON TITUS ! LONG MAY YOUR NAME BE SUNG IN SONG !